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Lincoln, NE (December 28, 2010) – Make the resolution to save a life in 2011, it could be the easiest thing you do all year. By making the decision to always designate a sober driver before you go out, you make the roads safer.

 In 2009, 79 people were killed on Nebraska roads by drunk drivers, this year that number has grown. But, together we have the opportunity to change that in 2011. “This year we can all take the responsible stand and always designate a sober driver every time you plan to drink alcohol. Together we have the ability to create change and that change could save a life,” said MADD Nebraska Executive Director, Simera Reynolds.

Nationwide, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash every minute. The number of lives impacted by drunk driving is countless. Reducing this impact is simple, Make a plan before you head out the door for how you are getting home at the end of the night. MADD

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving - Make the right call.

encourages everyone to make sure they have a safe ride home for their new year’s celebrations and for events all year round.

 “Here in our state one person is injured every three hours due to an alcohol-related crash. MADD would ask everyone to drive safe, sober and buckled up – remember your seatbelt is your best defense against drunk driving.” stated Reynolds.

 As you prepare to ring in this New Year, make sure you think of all those who won’t be celebrating this year because a drunk driver took their life. Plan to designate a sober driver. It is a smart and simple choice that will make Nebraska a safer place.

 Additionally, as you host events please include fun non-alcoholic drinks and snacks for your company and party goers.  For fun party ideas go to: http://www.madd.org/media-center/media-library/safe-party-guide.html

 From all of us here at MADD Nebraska – our best to you and yours in 2011!

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The NFL and NFL Players Association will partner with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on programs and activities to prevent drunk driving. 

Saints' linebacker Scott Shanle

Now some may say why would Nebraska care?   There are 42 reasons to care.  A total of 42 former Nebraska players are on National Football League rosters as of May 18, 2010. http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=186555 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

This partnership began in the spring but it is really coming together  now that football is in full swing. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and MADD CEO Kimberly Earle made the announcement in Dallas.  

Is is exciting to see MADD and the NFL partner to work together on awareness programs that promote our MADD  “Campaign to Eliminate Dunk Driving.” 

Some of the initiatives that are going to be on the front burner are: 

  • MADD will serve in an advisory role to NFL in its initiatives to promote responsible behavior and prevent drunk driving.
  • MADD and NFL will pilot a game day program this season at the stadiums in Buffalo and Oakland.  Here at MADD, we know that the most import position at the NFL is the Designated Driver!
  • The NFL and NFL Players Association also will help promote MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving – that is a message we can all agree on.

Here in Nebraska we are Husker Fans first! Thus, we want to support our former Husker players that are now in the NFL and encourage them to support MADD. Together we can ask fans to make a responsible choice regarding alcohol consumption and ensure everyone understands the danger for fans & players when they choose to drive over the legal limit.

The MADD Greater Omaha Community Action Site is hosting a table at the Omaha Royals Baseball Game on Tuesday, May 4th at Rosenblatt Stadium http://omaha.royals.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t541 at 6:00 PM.  It is a great opportunity to get the word out about MADD, our active community group and to  remind the public that there are no winners when you make the choice to drive drunk.

I was thinking that baseball is a great game you get three strikes before you are out.  That allows for a fair amount of swings to keep you in the game and your team on the board.  Then the phone rang and I was talking to a victim impacted by drunk driving and I came back to reality – here at MADD you only need one strike to change a life forever.  Drunk driving isn’t a game with replays, umpires calling a near miss, or shortstop to tag you before you hit that on coming car.

And being hit by a drunk driver, well let me just emphasise that the impact of that crime will change the way you play any game for the rest of your life.

We are all excited to be out at the ballpark, to meet and greet community members, baseball fans and let the public know that we are not against drinking but drunk driving is not only illegal it changes lives forever.  So if you plan on drinking be sure to have a designated driver, if you are under 21  it is illegal and play this game like your life depends on it – it just may!

The Major Baseball League knows all too well the pain of losing a teammate, Nick Adenhart, to a drunk driver.http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7018019 Drunk driving does not discriminate.

Last year in Nebraska , 78 individuals died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes  = One person killed every four days.  Be a team player and keep the roads safe for everyone to travel. See you at the ballpark!

Children are our greatest resource and our future.
Children are our greatest resource and our future.

If you see an adult who is visibly impaired attempting to drive with a child in the car:

  • Calmly suggest alternative transportation, recommend the driver postpone travel.
  • Call 911 with as much information as possible (name of driver, vehicle description, license plate, destination).
  • Document situation so that your notes can be used later.
  • Notify another parent or caregiver of the situation.
  • Teach children techniques for keeping themselves safe if they are ever forced to ride with an impaired driver.
  • Report your concerns to the appropriate agency.

Here at MADD we often get calls from concerned parents, family members and neighbors about witnessing a child riding with a drinking driver. 

In May 2000, JAMA reported that “66% of the children 14 years of age and younger that died in an alcohol-related crash died while riding with a parent, caregiver or guardian”.

MADD feels that is unacceptable.  We can do better and MADD is working hard to educate everyone that “Every Child Deserves a Designated Driver“.  As summer fast approaches, make your plans and sitck to them for the child’s sake.

 Simera Reynolds

State Executive Director